Recognizing the many individuals from the Township of Zorra Ontario, who have served our country from the 1860’s to the present day.

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HEROES OF ZORRA SPELLING BEE COMPETITION A RESOUNDING SUCCESS

on Thursday, 26 November 2015.

In the photo front row: Lannie Schurman, (Runner Up - Gr.5 and under), Finn Stewart (Winner of Gr.5 and under), Sydney Turvey (Winner of Gr. 6-8) and Katie Schurman (runner up of Gr. 6-8).  Back row: other participants Ryan Vandersar, Ava Wilks, Nathan Be

On November 22, 2015 the Heroes Of Zorra committee held a Spelling Bee for all elementary school students across the Township Of Zorra at the Royal Canadian Legion in Embro. The words given to the students were all to be found on the Heroes Of Zorra web site. Two divisions were offered - Grade 5 and under and Grades 6, 7, 8. The winner in each division received $100 and the runner-up $75. Every contestant was presented with a Heroes Of Zorra medal by committee member Doris McCall.

Eight young people signed up for this first ever event. Each and every one was a winner. Parents, grandparents and friends were so proud of their efforts. In the Grade 5 and under division Finn Stewart was the winner with Lannin Schurman the runner-up. Grades 6, 7 & 8 division was won by Sydney Turvey and the runner up was Katie Schurman. Very special recognition to Ava Wilks, Nathan Bean, Ryan Vandersar and Jacob Vandersar who also participated. The committee was pleased to have the Zorra Highland Park Public School Grade 8 Camp Celtic fundraising group on hand to provide beverages and snacks (a little fundraiser for them). Our appreciation is extended towards the members of the Embro Legion for providing the venue in which to hold this event and John Hiuser for providing the audio equipment.    

Our Bee Master (that is the person who gives the word to the students and uses that word in a sentence) was very capably handled by Scott Naisbit. Our Judges were Mayor Margaret Lupton and Roy Youngs and the Timekeepers were Shirley Zilke and John Milner. MC for the event was Shirley McCall-Hanlon. The enthusiastic community spirit demonstrated at this event was once again exemplary within the Township Of Zorra. 

In the photo front row: Lannie Schurman, (Runner Up - Gr.5 and under), Finn Stewart (Winner of Gr.5 and under), Sydney Turvey (Winner of Gr. 6-8) and Katie Schurman (runner up of Gr. 6-8).  Back row: other participants Ryan Vandersar, Ava Wilks, Nathan Bean and Jacob Vandersar.

 

DUTCH-CANADIAN FRIENDSHIP TULIP GARDEN TO BE PLANTED IN ZORRA

on Thursday, 01 October 2015. Posted in Stories

On Wednesday, October 28th, 2015 at 10 a.m. a public ceremony will be held at the cenotaph in front of the Township of Zorra office.  Through a grant program the Township was recently the recipient of 500 tulip bulbs.  This grant is made possible due to the generous partnership of Canadian Garden Council, Vesey's Bulbs, Canada Post, Canadian Tulip Festival, National Capital Commission, Canadian Nursery Landscape Association, Garden Making Magazine, Chimpanzee, Baxter Travel Media, Enterprise Canada, Gardens BC, Quebec Gardens' Association and the Ontario Garden Tourism Coalition.  The Dutch-Canadian Friendship Tulip Garden will be planted at the cenotaph which is in front of the Zorra Township Office.  You are invited to join in on this event on October 28th at 10 a.m. when the bulbs will all be planted.  A presentation will be given on "the garden", followed with coffee and cookies.  You are most welcome to attend this public event, and if you have a friend or family member who is a veteran, please bring them along with you.  A colourful reminder of the sacrifices Canadians and our own Heroes of Zorra have given over the years.

HERO ELSIE GERTRUDE ROSS TO BE FEATURED

on Friday, 07 November 2014. Posted in Stories

One of Zorra's heroes, Nursing Sister Elsie Gertrude Ross will be the topic of discussion on Monday, November 10, 2014 when CBC Ontario Morning (93.5 FM)interviews HOZ committee chair Shirley McCall Hanlon at 6:40 a.m.  With true care and compassion this young woman cared for many of our wounded soldiers who were returned home.  She was the first woman to be given a full military funeral.  She was held in such high esteem by her patients and colleagues that the procession following her casket lined the streets of Toronto with many wounded soldiers hobbling along behind.  Tune in to hear this interesting story. 

ONTARIO ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION ASKING FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE

on Saturday, 03 May 2014. Posted in Stories

The Royal Canadian Legion (Ontario) is in the midst of publishing a new book called Military Service Recognition Book. Ontario is asking for families of servicepersons to submit the name, information, brief story and possibly a picture of the individual Veteran/Serviceperson.  Please note that due to liability issues they cannot take the information off of our web site or the History Books.  Forms to submit may be obtained on-line at the Royal Canadian Legion - Ontario web site or you may also obtain from your local Legion Branch.  Forms are to be completed and returned to the local branch.  Contact your local Legion if you have any questions or concerns.  This needs to be done asap as the printing is to be done in September 2014.

WORLD WAR I - A LETTER HOME TO WEST ZORRA

on Sunday, 23 March 2014.

1st Canadian Casualty Training Battalion

Hasting, Sussex, England

December 5, 1916

Dear Clifford:-

How are you getting along.  Have not heard from you for some time.  Whats the matter are you too busy to write or are the girls too many for you.  I heard from more than one that you were getting to be a wild fellow.

MY SERVICE IN THE KOREAN CONFLICT

on Tuesday, 10 December 2013.

Written by Frances Walton (November 11, 2001)

This morning I have been asked to relate to you some of my experiences in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps – not the whole 25 years!  I thought I would tell you of my year tour of duty in the Far East during the Korean conflict.

STUDENTS AT ZHPPS STEP UP TO THE STAGE

on Sunday, 17 November 2013.

Front foyer at ZHPPS displays all the wreaths made by the various classes for 2013 Remembrance Day Service.  Photo by Shirley McCall Hanlon

For all of those who attended the Remembrance Day Service at Zorra Highland Park Public School on November 11th, 2013 it was a service that will long be remembered.  Parents, grandparents, teachers and visitors could not

LOCAL SERVICE OF REMEMBRANCE

on Tuesday, 08 October 2013.

Sunday November 3, 2013.  Legion Color Party on parade to the Cenotaph at Dickson's Corners.

On Sunday, November 3, 2013 approximately 35 individuals gathered at Dickson's Corners for the annual Ceremony of Remembrance.  It was especially impressive to have young people present.  Following the indoor service everyone proceeded to the Cenotaph for the laying of the wreaths. Attached is a picture of the Color Party marching to the Cenotaph.  Guests were all invited back to the Beachville Legion for a time of fellowship.  INDEED WE REMEMBER.

Former Military Serviceman A Hero On Another Front

on Monday, 12 August 2013. Posted in Stories

Written by Shirley McCall Hanlon with credit to Woodstock Sentinel Review August 1977

Former Military Serviceman A Hero On Another Front

Former Military Serviceman A Hero On Another Front

John Allan McKay who grew up at Lot 14, Concession 7 of West Zorra Township and served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals from 1960 to 1965 was also hailed as a hero in August of 1977.

WEST ZORRA NURSING SISTER ACCORDED FULL MILITARY FUNERAL

on Saturday, 10 August 2013. Posted in Stories

written by Shirley McCall Hanlon with credit to the Stratford Gazette, November 2005

Elsie Gertrude Ross (born June 22, 1882) was born in the Township of West Zorra, daughter of Alexander and Christina (nee Murray) Ross. 1891 Census records show the family still living in West Zorra, however in the 1901 Census the family is shown to be now farming at Lot 37 Concession 3 of North Easthope in the County of Perth.

Biography of Benjamin Franklin Youngs

on Tuesday, 06 August 2013. Posted in Stories

Written by Bart Armstrong, Victoria B.C.

Biography of Benjamin Franklin Youngs

Most Canadians, and indeed all North Americans have probably never heard of the little hamlet called Youngsville in what was then called Canada West (Ontario).  Located in the Township of Zorra, within Oxford County this community was settled by strong, community-minded United Empire Loyalists and ancestors to many who are honoured to join with you today.

Memories Of The Great War

on Wednesday, 24 July 2013. Posted in Stories

Written by Rev. Stanley Johnston

When I returned from Alberta, in October, 1915, students were enlisting daily. We were pressed to enlist. “Why aren’t you in uniform.” asked a stern-faced maiden lady. The lad replied. “For the same reason that you are still single -physically unfit.” Looking back, there was an element of selfishness in enlisting. It was the popular thing to do.

Guns under Harrington officer help stop attack

on Wednesday, 29 May 2013. Posted in Stories

printed in a newspaper May 24, 1945

When I returned from Alberta, in October, 1915, students were enlisting daily. We were pressed to enlist. “Why aren’t you in uniform.” asked a stern-faced maiden lady. The lad replied. “For the same reason that you are still single -physically unfit.” Looking back, there was an element of selfishness in enlisting. It was the popular thing to do.

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